Birthdate: March 4, 1952
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
High School: Beavercreek (1970)
College: University of Dayton (1974)
Year Inducted: 2012
Ed Zink is the winningest girls high school basketball coach in Ohio, but in his days as a student at Beavercreek High School he had no idea this would be his legacy. Football is the sport in which Zink had the most success. He was a fullback and punter at the University of Dayton and was voted the Flyers’ most valuable player in 1973. “When I graduated in 1974 my plan was someday to become a head football coach,” Zink said. “I was an assistant football coach in ’75 and there were basketball openings for the sophomore boys coach and girls head coach. Two of us applied for the both jobs. The other guy said he wouldn’t coach girls. So the girls coaching job became mine by default.” Over the next 36 years Zink built the Beavercreek girls basketball program into a powerhouse. The Beavers won Division I state championships in 1995, 2001 and 2003. On February 10, 2011, when Beavercreek defeated Springfield, it was the 658th victory for Zink, who replaced Karen Wittrock of Rocky River Lutheran West as the winningest girls coach in the state. Ed Zink’s record at the end of the 2010-11 season was 659-183.
Watch Ed Zink’s enshrinement speech: